Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student let me know when I arrived that she had an upcoming unit test in her French class on using the past tense and the imperfect, including both choice of the appropriate tense and the correct formation of each one. We used an assignment that she was given for review as a point of departure to review when to use the imperfect and when to use the past tense. She practiced identifying for each verb in her assignment which tense she thought it should be in and why. At first, she struggled to remember which tense was used in what ways, but as we went through several verbs she began to be able to anticipate the correct choice of tense more quickly. We reviewed the formation of the imperfect both in terms of finding a verb stem and in terms of adding the correct ending for each subject. She struggled with formation of the imperfect but found the notes that we had taken in previous sessions helpful as a reference. We then moved into the past tense verbs. We reviewed the formation of all of these verbs."
"In today's session, the student and I covered the huge number of expressions that involve 'faire'; also continuing to reinforce the material we have already covered."
"I covered the description of events represented by drawings of a reception desk at a hotel. The activities involved the usage of articles related to words in the feminine and masculine. I also covered activities related to choosing the opposites of action verbs."
"We learned about pronominal verbs and practiced using them in sentences. I expanded on the different ways to ask questions. We learned how to discuss the weather. I introduced the student to a few office related vocabulary words. We talked about the general rule that applies to words ending with a consonant. We covered the grammatical rule for demonstrative adjectives. We also went over some survival sentences. We also learned about vocabulary words expressing emotions."
"We learned how to conjugate the imparfait and reviewed the difference between the two past tenses. We did the first half of a worksheet to practice the imparfait conjugations together, and I asked her to complete it for next time. We also practiced using both tenses to tell a story from band camp and to start telling the story of Cinderella. We'll finish that next time. She's doing a good job taking note of new words and growing her vocabulary."
"We opened with the usual date and weather discussion. This time, I had the student write out the date. We went over his homework from last week: questions from the textbook on clothing, as well as five phrases describing preferred articles of clothing. We went over the words for colors and how they change among singular, plural, masculine, and feminine forms. I had him read a "Note culturelle" on fashion from the textbook I brought with me. For homework, he will visit a website and decide which clothes he would buy with 100 euros."